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Illuminating Life: An Evening with Dr. Geoff Tabin and Timmy O’Neill

April 6, 2017 @ 5:30 pm

Dr. Geoff Tabin, named in 2009 by the Dalai Lama as an “Unsung Hero,” has led an extraordinary life as a mountaineer and medical pioneer. On various leaves from his education at Yale, Oxford, Harvard Medical School and Brown University School of Medicine, Dr. Tabin became the fourth person to complete the Seven Summits, helped put the first American woman on the Summit of Everest and was part of an exclusive group of climbers to scale Everest’s Kangshung face. However, Dr. Tabin is best known for his work with the Himalayan Cataract Project where, alongside his Nepalese partner, Dr. Sanduk Ruit, their mission is to eradicate curable and preventable blindness in the underdeveloped world within their lifetimes. Doctors Tabin and Ruit are the subjects of New York Times bestselling author David Oliver Relin’s book, “Second Suns, Two Doctors and Their Amazing Quest to Restore Sight and Save Lives,” and have been featured by David Muir on ABC News’ World News, columnist Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times, and in articles in The Economist, TIME and many other publications. Timmy O’Neill, climber and comedian, set the speed climbing record of The Nose route on El Capitan in Yosemite and various first ascents of routes in Patagonia. O’Neill’s was labeled by Outside Magazine to be apart what they called “The Last Bastion of Outdoor Outlaws” for his consistent string of jokes and epic exploits that include climbing the Chicago Tribune Tower, dangling unclipped from a safety line from a net thousands of feet above the Moab desert. Inspired Dr. Tabin and Dr. Ruit’s mission, O’Neill has trained to become an ophthalmic assistant and travels often with Dr. Tabin and Dr. Ruit to the eye camps where they operate. Together, Tabin and O’Neill, two distinguished and celebrated individuals, will command an evening of the inspiring stories from the bedside of patients cured of blindness in as little as 24-hours along with exciting—and hilarious—stories from mountaineering expeditions all over the world.


April 6, 2017
5:30 pm


Vilar Performing Arts Center
68 Avondale Ln
Beaver Creek, CO 81620 United States
(970) 845-8497
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Vail Symposium
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